Show Summary Details

p. 575. The nation in historylocked

  • Steven Grosby

Abstract

‘The nation in history’ investigates historical notions of nationhood. Nations are generally thought of as being relatively recent inventions, as it is believed that earlier societies did not have the necessary cultural cohesion due to the lack of technology and education. However, this view underestimates ancient and pre-modern societies, who coalesced around legal, religious, military, and linguistic constructions. The main difference between pre-modern and modern societies was the level of participation. A major formative factor in nationhood is the exploitation of myth to infuse a unique nationalistic vision in citizens. These are not easily verifiable, and even change when the situation merits it.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.